Are you using both Fibre Channel and iSCSI in your storage environment?

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  • Denny Cherry
    Currently we are using all fibre for our SAN storage. In the future we will be moving to a combination of the two.
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  • JimmyIT
    For our small business iSCSI is our choice currently due to cost and management but I am always looking for improvements if it fits in with our objectives. I have heard good things about fibre as well.
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  • Eric42
    iSCSI is a great choice for small business for exactly the points you laid out - cost, ease of management, and performance that meets your needs. And, likely, iSCSI will meet your needs for a long time. Many customers discover that for a lot of their applications, performance over iSCSI is often close to FC. Obviously, your mileage may vary, depending on the mix of transactional vs sequential IO, the number of drives being accessed, number of applications and hosts, etc. A small business running accounting applications, email, and other transactional applications will likely find iSCSI is just as fast as FC, as the workloads are not huge and the performance bottlenecks are in the drives - not the pipe. Given that, as you plan your next steps, you may find that iSCSI vs FC is not the most important decision to be made- rather you will be focusing on how your storage solutions support your business: how do I need to store, protect, and retain my data. Once you figure that out :), your choice of iSCSI or FC will fairly straight forward. -eric @ dell
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  • JimmyIT
    Eric What does dell use out of curiosity? Jimmy
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  • Eric42
    Dell data centers are likely counted among some of the largest data centers on the planet. They support 1000's of servers and 100's of storage arrays. Their needs are not typical for most customers. That said, historically, Dell has deployed a lot of FC fabric, which includes a lot of storage product from our partner, EMC. Also, Dell IT is very active in evaluating new technologies- i.e., they are currently conducting proof of concepts with Dell EqualLogic products around Exchange and virtualization solutions. -eric @ dell
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